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Jump Start Sinatra

Jump Start Sinatra

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 20, 2013 Aaron Sumner wrote: A quick, thorough intro to Sinatra
Jump Start Sinatra is a solid introduction to the library, and is recommended for anyone interested in getting started with this lightweight, flexible approach to creating powerful web applications. Full Review >

Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation

Fluent Conference: JavaScript & Beyond Complete Video Compilation

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Oct 19, 2012 Aaron Sumner wrote: Comprehensive overview of Javacript
The 2012 Fluent Conference is a massive, 55-hour video compilation from O’Reilly. Offerings are vast and varied. Three days’ worth of talks are included, ranging from 20-minute big picture talks geared more toward managers to more lengthy sessions on the nitty-gritty of software and library development. Full Review >

Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby

Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 9, 2012 Aaron Sumner wrote: Fun introduction to Ruby and R
The field of analytics is garnering a lot of buzz right now. In Exploring Everyday Things with R and Ruby, Sau Sheong Chang takes a fun approach to teaching readers the fundamentals of analytics and of two increasingly popular languages: Ruby for harvesting data, and R for analyzing that data with interesting results. Full Review >

Getting Started with D3

Getting Started with D3

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Jul 15, 2012 Aaron Sumner wrote: Visualizations for the modern web
Getting Started with D3 by Mike Dewar is a short but sweet introduction to D3. In about 90 pages, you’ll have a solid understanding of how to use D3 to create pretty visuals of your data and share them on the web. Full Review >

The Little Book on CoffeeScript

The Little Book on CoffeeScript

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On May 29, 2012 Aaron Sumner wrote: A compact introduction to CoffeeScript
If you're a front end developer you've no doubt heard of CoffeeScript. A Little Book on CoffeeScript is indeed little, but offers a thorough introduction to the language and how it can make your life with JavaScript simpler. Full Review >

Breaking the Page: Preview Edition

Breaking the Page: Preview Edition

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Feb 11, 2012 Aaron Sumner wrote: An exciting look at what could be with e-books
How can e-book technology change what it means to read? Peter Meyer’s Breaking the Page explores that question and proposes a number of ways e-book designers can leverage the best of the new technology—and avoid some overused antipatterns—to make the e-book experience more enjoyable to the reader. Full Review >

Ten Photo Assignments

Ten Photo Assignments

to develop your photographic skills

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 3.0

On Dec 17, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: Thorough exercises on using DSLR cameras
Ten Photo Assignments by Amanda Quintenz-Fielder offers ten advanced exercises in photographic technique and principles, in a book format. If you've got the gear gear, a little bit of understanding of that gear, and some patience to work through the assignments in the book then this may be a good purchase for you. Full Review >

O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video

O'Reilly Master Class: Leading and Managing Breakthrough Projects Video

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Oct 26, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: Thorough and thought-provoking
If you’re a fan of Berkun's book The Myths of Innovation and want reinforcement of the practices it suggests, or are looking for a video alternative, this O’Reilly Master class video may be a good pick. While being in the actual room the day of the workshop is likely the ideal, this high-quality video recording is the next best thing. Full Review >

Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef

Test-Driven Infrastructure with Chef

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Aug 18, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: A solid introduction to TDD infrastructure
Virtualization makes it easy for web developers to quickly and cheaply scale their products, and Chef makes deploying these services as simple as editing configuration files. Add TDD and Cucumber to the mix to make sure those deployments go as planned. Full Review >

jQuery Mobile

jQuery Mobile

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Jul 8, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: A great introduction and reference for mobile web developers
Last August, the cover of Wired magazine famously proclaimed that “the Web is dead” and that native apps have taken over how we interact with the Internet. jQuery Mobile is an excellent tutorial and reference for mobile app developers who aren’t quite ready to write the Web off just yet. Full Review >

Gamification Master Class with Gabe Zichermann

Gamification Master Class with Gabe Zichermann

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On May 10, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: Top-notch orientation to gamification
Gamification is a hot topic right now, as designers, marketers, and educators look to game theory to increase engagement. Gabe Zichermann is at the forefront of gamification, with a couple of books under his belt and now an excellent addition to the O’Reilly Master Class video series. I’ve just begun my own exploration into gamification and am glad I started it with this three-hour set. Full Review >

Real World Applications Panel: Education and Government

Real World Applications Panel: Education and Government

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 22, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: Inspiring, real uses of big data in education
While I'll admit that I don't live and breathe data, most people in my field do--and given my work in education research, I was eager to check out the Strata Conference session Real World Applications Panel: Education and Government, which consists of two presentations. Full Review >

Offline Mobile Web Applications in HTML5

Offline Mobile Web Applications in HTML5

An O'Reilly Breakdown

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Mar 14, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: Solid introduction to key HTML5 features
If you're a web developer who's holding off on HTML5, it's time to take the plunge. Luckily there are plenty of books, videos, online tutorials, and other resources to help you get started. Add Offline Mobile Web Applications in HTML5 to your list. Full Review >

Building the Perfect PC

Building the Perfect PC

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 2.0

On Jan 22, 2011 Aaron Sumner wrote: Who's this book intended for?
Building a computer can be educational, gratifying, and, with the right guidance, can even be fun. Unfortunately, I don’t know if this book provides that kind of guidance. Full Review >

Scott & Neil's Designing Web Interfaces Master Class

Scott & Neil's Designing Web Interfaces Master Class

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 4.0

On Dec 27, 2010 Aaron Sumner wrote: Great reference for modern web app UIs
In the last few years, web-based software have become more and more like their desktop counterparts thanks to RIA frameworks. In Scott and Neil's Designing Web Interfaces Master Class, a video series from O'Reilly, you'll learn about what works in modern web application interfaces, what anti-patterns to stay away from, and how to combine structure, layouts, and controls into user-friendly software. Full Review >

The Myths of Innovation

The Myths of Innovation

Aaron's rating: StarStarStarStarStar 5.0

On Nov 27, 2010 Aaron Sumner wrote: Must-read book for would-be innovators
Words are cheap. So says Scott Berkun in The Myths of Innovation, Second Edition, published by O’Reilly. It’s easy to call yourself, your product, or your organization innovative, but it takes more than calling something innovative to make it so. Full Review >

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